Northwest Indiana Preserves
for Free Weekend Getaways & Outdoor Adventures
Cowles Bog (Chesterton, Indiana)
Probably the best outdoor experience within Indiana Dunes National Park. Under the open canopy of the black oak savanna, experience acrobatic ferns, picturesque wetlands, and over high dunes that lead to the wonderful expanse of shoreline.
Heron Rookery Trail (Michigan City, Indiana)
Follows the banks of the Little Calumet River for, quite possibly, the best place in Indiana Dunes National Park for spring wildflowers.
Hoosier Prairie State Nature Preserve (Schererville, Indiana)
In this vast preserve, you hardly notice the surrounding industry and urbanization. Follow the quiet interpretive trail into an intimate oak savanna, lush with fanning flourishes of ferns.
Paul H. Douglas Trail (formerly Miller Woods) (Gary, Indiana)
In this black oak savanna within Indiana Dunes National Park, wildflowers blossom from spring into fall. Hike past rolling dunes and flooded swales, where beavers startle with slaps from their tails, then over high dunes to reach the Lake Michigan shore.